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US: World's highest prices for Chinese modules

Yingli rooftop residential installation

The United States is the highest-priced market for Tier-1 Chinese manufacturers; at the other end is Chile, with the lowest prices, acccording to GTM Research's latest report.


Mammoth Desert Sunlight solar farm begins commercial operation

Secretary Sally Jewell flips the switch at the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Desert Center, Riverside County, California.

The 550 MW project, which uses First Solar's thin-film modules, was inaugurated yesterday during gathering of 150 federal, state and local officials.


MNRE invites solar policy comments

Government department launches draft policy on web and asks for opinion by 1 March.


Dirty investments undermine UK govt's renewables pledge

Solar and coal together.

Despite announcing goal to be greenest government ever, UK coalition found to have invested 300 times more on fossil fuels than renewable energy over course of tenure.


Gintech explores merger and relocation opportunities in light of US tariffs

Gintech's Taiwan factory.

The Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer may merge its operation or seek to relocate as the company aims to stay competitive in face of stinging US tariffs.


US SunShot Initiative releases $13m for community solar projects

SunShot-backed PV installation.

Opportunity labeled Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities designed to establish technical assistance program for local governments to drive greater PV deployment.


Duke Energy acquires large stake in REC Solar

Duke Energy at work.

The US utility has snapped up a majority share of REC Solar's commercial business, confirms it will invest $225 million in commercial projects.


Singulus begins production on CIGS tool order

Singulus HQ.

The German equipment supplier confirms delivery of the $22.5 million order will take place in the current business year.


Swinerton lands contract for 104 MW Red Hills solar plant in Utah

Red Hills

The U.S. renewable energy developer will begin work on the installation towards the end of this year having been awarded the contract by Scatec Solar.


UK investors await CfD auction results

Ed Davey with Nick Clegg, deputy PM.

First bids for the controversial new renewables subsidy scheme received. Successful applicants to be identified on Feb 20.


Construction begins on 9.9 MW merchant solar park in Panama

Panama landscape.

Ecosolar's project is being built by British company Solarcentury. IIC provided a loan of $11.9m for the project.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar eclipse.

Obama lends a hand, Germany shows its hand, oil's price volatility gets out of hand, and it's all hands on deck as pv magazine's web servers go awol: welcome to our latest weekly news digest.


Enel Green Power posts 11.1% revenue growth driven by US and Latam markets

Enel Green 60 MW PV plant.

The Italian renewable energy developer achieved revenues of $3.3bn in 2014 following strong performance in U.S. and Latin America.


Conergy enters residential solar leasing market

Conergy rooftop installation, Germany.

Partnership with European municipal utility network Trianel GmbH allows Conergy to offer leased solar systems to six million homes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.


IEA report examines ways to lower PV cost barriers in emerging regions

SolarAid light campaign, Africa.

The Innovative Business Models and Financing Mechanisms for PV Deployment in Emerging Regions assesses the pros and cons of six different types of funding methods.


First Solar raises bar for CdTe with 21.5% efficiency record

First Solar CdTe.

The new record for cadmium-telluride cell conversion efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation's Technology and Applications Center lab boosts First Solar's research roadmap.


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